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Aims and Structure


The Diploma/Masters in Applied Psychology (Clinical specialism) is a training programme for assistant/ associate psychologists (or equivalent) to become a more effective and strategic part of the clinical psychology workforce and deliver stepped care psychological interventions. The diploma will provide students with the psychological knowledge base and core skills in psychological assessment and circumscribed interventions as applied to at least one commonly presenting clinical population. Those who progress to the M.Sc. will also attain knowledge and skills related to conducting and disseminating health service research.


The Diploma consists of four compulsory modules and will normally be taken over the course of a year. These include:

  • Clinical Presentations Examination of the features and aetiologies related to commonly encountered clinical presentations across the lifespan
  • Psychological Assessment Knowledge and skills related to utilising psychometric, interview, observational and other common methods of psychological assessment with a view to arriving at a psychological formulation of a given presentation;
  • Low Intensity Psychological Interventions and CBT Fosters knowledge and core skills in utilising circumscribed cognitive behavioural interventions including self-help therapies, exposure therapy, relaxation and self-regulation, psychoeducation, modification of thinking and attributional styles, problem solving etc. in individual and systemic contexts and across the lifespan
  • Foundations of Clinical Practice (Named Population) Utilises in-service, supervised, experience with a specific clinical population to evidence the generalisation of academic teaching and training to clinical practice within a clinical practice portfolio. Full-time registration will entail approximately one contact day per week (Thursdays) at the university (in term-time only), plus a 2 week block. For those who follow the second M.Sc year contact time reduces to approximately half a day per week, when more time is spent on health service research activity to produce a dissertation.